Hey, fellow pet lovers!
Today’s post is a short and simple homemade treat recipe that your pooches are going to love!! Today we will be making turkey jerky which is a first for me but thankfully they turned out pretty well.
Let’s jump straight in and learn how to make these delicious homemade jerky treats!!
What you will need?
- A Chopping board.
- A Sharp knife.
- Gloves if you mind getting your hands dirty.
- Scales (Non-essential)
- A Dehydrator.
- An airtight container to put your finished treats in.
- Raw minced turkey, I just used two packets which were 500 grams each so I used a total of 1 kilo of minced turkey. But you can do as much as you like as long as you have enough space in your dehydrator.
- A jerky Gun.
These treats are a little different from our usual treat recipes as I used a jerky gun to get that jerky sausage shape. However, if you don’t have a jerky gun then just get the turkey breast and make your jerky into even strips like we did when we made our Homemade Dehydrated Chicken Treats.
Now that we have everything we need let’s jump straight in and start making our furry friends some delicious homemade treats!
Step One, Sort out your Dehydrator and Trays
Get everything ready!
If you have followed one of my treat recipes before then you will already know that the first step is to sort out your dehydrator and trays, so that once you are ready to pipe your turkey jerky or cut up your turkey breast into even strips, you can easily stick everything on your trays without having to wash your hands in between.
Step Two, Prepare the Turkey
Prepare your turkey mince, place it in your jerky gun then pipe your treats.
Now that we have sorted out dehydrator trays, it is time to prepare our raw turkey. I used 1 kilo of raw turkey mince for my girls jerky and this didn’t really make a lot as it decreases to about 1/3rd of its original weight.
If you are making your pets jerky using a jerky gun then all you have to do is simply fill your jerky gun up and squeeze your mince out so it forms long sausages or whatever shape you want them.
I actually experimented with half of my raw turkey and put some of AniForte’s BARF Complete Supplement in to see how they turned out. They seem to have worked which is great as it makes the girls treats a bit more nutritious. To learn more about AniForte then give my BARF complete supplement product review a quick read.
Cut your turkey breast into nice even strips.
However, if you don’t have a jerky gun and are making these treats using turkey breast them simply sharpen a knife and cut your jerky into nice even strips like we do when making chicken jerky in the photo above.
Both will make great treats and this was only my third time or so using our jerky gun because it can be a bit of pain to use and I hate cleaning it!! But thankfully these turkey jerky treats turned out pretty well so it was worth the small amount of hassle.
Step Three, Place your Turkey Jerky to the Dehydrator Trays
Place all your treats on your dehydrator trays.
Once you have prepared your jerky how you want and placed your raw treats on your dehydrator trays, it is time to move to the next step and start the cooking process.
Step Four, Transport Turkey Jerky to the Dehydrator
Now you have prepared your raw jerky mince or turkey breast and have placed all your prepared jerky on your dehydrator trays, it is time to start the cooking process and place all your trays into the dehydrator.
Place all your turkey into the dehydrator on its highest setting. We have an Excalibur nine-tray dehydrator and it has a set timer on so we can choose to leave it on for 24 hours or longer.
However, if you don’t have a timer then just keep checking on it but it will take at least 16 hours if not 24 depending on how thick your treats are.. These treats took a little less than normal, so just keep a close eye on them and take them out when they seem done. I take my turkey jerky off the non-stick Excalibur paper halfway through the cooking process to ensure all moisture has been removed.
Step Five, Put your finished Turkey Jerky in an airtight tub
Now you have finished making your furry friends their very own homemade jerky treats, you need to stick them in an airtight container and place them in the fridge to keep them nice and fresh.
If you haven’t checked out epoch.pet’s other treat recipes head over there after reading this as we have our
- Homemade Dehydrated Pork Treats
- Homemade Dehydrated Liver Treats
- Homemade Dehydrated Lamb Treats.
- Homemade Dehydrated Chicken Treats.
- Homemade Dehydrated Kidney Treats.
- Watermelon and Coconut water, Frozen Bones.
My girl Lily 🙂
I hope you all liked this simple treat recipe, I quite enjoyed making the girls their first batch of turkey jerky and think they turned out pretty well. I would definitely suggest making your pooch their own homemade treats as you can be 100% sure what is inside them and it is so much fun!!
If you haven’t checked out my previous post then head over there now, The Benefits of Having a Dog Crate.
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